Rumors & Rumblings: Injured Brantley still influencing Indians

The Cleveland Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series with their No. 2, 3 and 4 starting pitchers injured, which was an amazing feat. However, what has been forgotten in the Indians’ run to their first World Series appearance since 1997 is that left fielder Michael Brantley was limited to just 11 games this season before undergoing season-ending...
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Perez earns praise from Tribe pitchers

It was Roberto Perez after all who called for that 1-2 slider, which dove under Kevin Pillar's bat for a punchout, bringing an end to the fifth inning in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. Cleveland hung on for a 3-0 victory, securing a spot in the World Series for the first time since 1997. Relief ace Andrew Miller won the series' MVP Award, but Perez was the unsung hero.
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Tribe's Zimmer flaunts terrific tools in Fall League win

Cleveland's top prospect Bradley Zimmer has some of the best all-around tools in the Arizona Fall League, and several of them were on display Friday afternoon. The Indians outfielder led the Mesa Solar Sox to a 4-3 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions, opening the scoring with a first-inning homer and ending it with the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth.
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Breaking: Cavs Ring Ceremony moved up to allow for viewing of Indians’ World Series opener

After years of suffering dreadful defeat after defeat, Cleveland fans can once again rejoice. On Tuesday, October 25th, the city of Cleveland will host one of the most memorable sporting dates on record. The Cleveland Indians have played their way to a World Series appearance for the first time since 1997, with Game 1 scheduled […] The post Breaking: Cavs Ring Ceremony moved up...
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Indians fans pitch in with wedding gifts for rookie Merritt

CLEVELAND (AP) The guest list for Ryan Merritt's upcoming wedding could be growing. Cleveland's rookie pitcher has made a lot of new friends. A most improbable October hero for the Indians, Merritt has been overwhelmed by the generous outpouring from some Cleveland fans for sending wedding gifts to him and his fiancee, Sarah, after the 24-year-old pitched so well in the AL pennant...
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Danny Salazar could return to rotation in World Series

Fresh off winning the American League pennant, the Cleveland Indians may get another reason to celebrate. Indians manager Terry Francona said on Friday that right-hander Danny Salazar, who has been out for over a month with a forearm strain, will throw a simulated game over the weekend and could be a rotation option for them in the World Series, per Jordan Bastian of ...
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Francona not ruling out a Salazar World Series start

As the optics of the Danny Salazar situation seemed to present a shutdown scenario for the injured All-Star pitcher, Terry Francona is keeping the door open for a potential World Series cameo. Francona said Friday Salazar will throw a three-inning simulated game this weekend, per Paul Hoynes of, and has yet to rule the right-hander out of a World Series start. Salazar...
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Charlie Sheen wants to make one more World Series appearance with the Indians

The Indians made quick work of the Blue Jays in the ALCS, giving them plenty of time to rest before the start of the World Series on Tuesday. That extended layoff also gives team officials plenty of time to work out the details of hosting the first two games of the Fall Classic, including who will throw out the ceremonial first pitches.Count Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn among the...
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MLB: Charlie Sheen won’t throw out first pitch at World Series

Major League Baseball put the kibosh on Charlie Sheen throwing out a ceremonial first pitch during a Cleveland Indians-hosted World Series game. Sheen, who portrayed Indians pitcher Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the revered 1989 baseball flick “Major League,” took to social media to say he'd be "honored" by making an appearance on the mound at Progressive Field. Major...
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Indians fans buy Ryan Merritt wedding gifts after Game 5 performance

After helping the Cleveland Indians secure a World Series berth for the first time since 1997, fans thanked Ryan Merritt in the best way possible by buying him gifts off his wedding registry. Per’s Ben Cosman, Indians fans found Merritt’s wedding registry during Game 5 on Wednesday and began purchasing items that he and his fiancée, Sarah Brushaber, had listed. Bath...
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Indians go from overlooked to potential World Series favorites

The Cleveland Indians put the final touches on their efficiently dominant American League Championship performance yesterday, downing the Toronto Blue Jays in just five games. For Toronto, it was the second ALCS defeat in as many years and effectively may have closed a window on the Blue Jays' era of competing at this level. However, it marked a continuation of the new beginning...
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Mike Napoli wanted Indians to celebrate by going to Las Vegas

The Cleveland Indians are four wins away from capturing their first World Series title since 1948, but Mike Napoli doesn’t want to wait that long to go all-out with the celebration. After his team finished off the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, Napoli wanted to take the long way home from Toronto. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who witnessed all the clubhouse fun...
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Are Indians adding to list of great postseason bullpens?

TORONTO (AP) By winning the AL Championship Series in five games, the Cleveland Indians not only captured a spot in the World Series, they also earned a break this team could sorely use. Injuries to starters Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar and Trevor Bauer left Cleveland in a tough spot even as the Indians kept winning. They started Corey Kluber on short rest in Game 4 of the ALCS...
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Three shirts to help you celebrate the Indians’ American League championship

Cheat codes, victory, and bloody fingers. The Cleveland Indians are in the World Series! Injuries have plagued this team throughout the entire season — from before it began with Michael Brantley’s shoulder to Trevor Bauer injuring his pinky prior to his Game 2 start in the ALCS. All of that is now behind us, it’s time to celebrate. To help you do that, we have partnered...
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LISTEN: Tom Hamilton calls the Indians’ AL pennant win

The Cleveland Indians are heading to the World Series for the first time since 1997, and naturally, Tom Hamilton was on the radio broadcast of the game. Here’s Hamilton’s call of the final out of the game, a pop-up by Troy Tulowitzki. Hammy calls the final out.#RallyTogether — Cleveland Indians (@Indians) October 19, 2016 In contrast, here’s...
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Toronto streaker gets decked, represents Blue Jays' ALCS performance

Playoff pressure can get to the fans, too. With the Blue Jays needing three runs in the bottom of the ninth Wednesday to keep their dream of a first World Series berth since 1993 alive, a fan bolted onto the field from the right field stands, stripped off his shirt and survived for about 10 seconds on the field before several security knocked him to the ground behind second base...
Via The Comeback
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Trevor Bauer wanted to cauterize his finger with soldering iron

Trevor Bauer wanted to make his start in Game 3 of the ALCS so badly that he says he strongly considered cauterizing his wound with a soldering iron, and he regrets not doing so. Bauer cut the pinkie finger on his throwing hand while repairing a drone on Friday morning, a day before his scheduled start in Game 2 of the ALCS. The cut required stitches and led the Indians to postpone...
Via Larry Brown Sports
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Cleveland Indians drop their first game of the postseason, 5-1

A dumb bunt led to a dumb inning led to a dumb game. Indians 1, Blue Jays 5 Box score Indians lead ALCS, 3-1 — You didn’t think the Cleveland Indians were going to go undefeated in the playoffs, did you? If you work for TBS you probably still haven’t admitted that the Indians managed to beat the Boston Red Sox. Well here we are, eight games later, and the Indians have...
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Terry Francona lost a tooth before ALCS Game 3

Most of the stories about body parts after ALCS Game 3 were about Trevor Bauer’s mangled pinky finger, but his manager also had something happen to him before Game 3…he lost a tooth. Well, it was a tooth covering, not the actual tooth itself, but the bizarre ailments afflicting Indians pitchers have now migrated to their manager. Terry Francona had the problem fixed at about...
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Cleveland Indians rotation shows resilence despite injuries

The Cleveland Indians went into the 2016 with a starting rotation so deep that Trevor Bauer was pushed into the bullpen and 2014 stand-out T.J. House was pushed to AAA. Top pitching prospect, Mike Clevinger began the year in AAA as well, along with other MLB-ready talent like Ryan Merritt. This team had the make-up to survive just about everything that could happen in a major league...
Via The Outside Corner
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What can the Cleveland Indians expect from Corey Kluber on short rest?

Acknowledgments to high chieftain and primary spiritual conduit of the The Society: Carson Cistulli of Fangraphs. Corey Kluber pitches today in a set of circumstances that he has never previously encountered. There's been quite a bit of that for the Cleveland Indians in the last two months, to the point where an ever-shifting set of expectations and roles is now normal. What did...
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Bauer wanted to burn finger shut with soldering iron before Game 3

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer had his scheduled ALCS start moved back from Game 2 to Game 3, due to a lacerated pinky injury suffered while repairing a drone. Well, Game 3 came along on Monday night in Toronto, and for some reason the Indians thought Bauer was okay to pitch, despite his finger looking like something out of a horror film. The start didn’t even last a full...
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